- Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle issued a special prayer for government officials
- The prayer will be recited in all parishes of the Archdiocese of Manila between June 21 to 29
- The term for new government officials will officially begin on June 30
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle issued a special prayer called the Oratio Imperata for Government Officials, asking that government officials would respect human life and shun the so-called “culture of death.”
“Bless our leaders with true reverence for human life and unyielding opposition to the culture of death,” part of the prayer reads.
The prayer also calls for humility, integrity, courage and “spirit of heroic sacrifice” from the next set of elected officials of the country.
Fr. Reginald Malicdem, chancellor of the Manila archdiocese told CBCP News that the oratio imperata or “obligatory prayer” is to be recited in all parishes, chapels, and Catholic institutions within the Archdiocese of Manila for nine days between June 21 to June 29.
This will be in time for the inauguration of the new set of officials of the country whose term will officially begin on June 30.
“Upon the proposal of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, our Archbishop, Cardinal Luis Antonio G. Tagle, requests that we pray the attached Oratio Imperata for Government Officials nine (9) days before the assumption into office of our newly elected public officials on June 30. The Oratio Imperata is to be prayed at the Prayer of the Faithful of all Masses in the Archdiocese of Manila from June 21 to 29, 2016,” Fr. Malicdem wrote on a memorandum circular that was also posted on the official Facebook page of the Chancery of the Archdiocese of Manila.
Among those who will be taking their oath of office will be President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, as well as the victors of the May 9 national and local elections.